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Definitions for responsive
rɪˈspɒn sɪvre·spon·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. responsive, antiphonaladjective

    containing or using responses; alternating

    "responsive reading"; "antiphonal laughter"

  2. responsiveadjective

    readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion

    "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience"

  3. reactive, responsiveadjective

    reacting to a stimulus

    "the skin of old persons is less reactive than that of younger persons"


  1. responsiveadjective

    Answering, replying or responding.

  2. responsiveadjective

    Able to receive and respond to external stimuli.

  3. responsiveadjective

    Using antiphons; antiphonal.

  4. responsiveadjective

    Susceptible to the feelings of others.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Responsiveadjective

    Etymology: responsif, Fr. from responsus, Lat.

    A certificate is a responsive letter, or letter by way of answer. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Sing of love and gay desire,
    Responsive to the warbling lyre. Elijah Fenton.

    Be there Demodocus the bard of fame,
    Taught by the gods to please, when high he sings
    The vocal lay responsive to the strings. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. responsive

    Responsive refers to the ability to react quickly and positively to changes or demands, showing readiness, flexibility and adaptability. In the context of technology, it can refer to the capability of a website or application to adjust automatically to different screen sizes and devices.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Responsiveadjective

    that responds; ready or inclined to respond

  2. Responsiveadjective

    suited to something else; correspondent

  3. Responsiveadjective


  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. resposif.]

Editors Contribution

  1. responsive

    Able to receive and respond.

    They were responsive when asked how they felt.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of responsive in a Sentence

  1. Richard Willis:

    We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students, the depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.

  2. Charles Darwin:

    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

  3. Don Isaacson:

    I think the state has been responsive to the growth of the micro-sector, whether it's beer, wine or distilleries and at the same time being careful to not eliminate the benefits of the three-tier system.

  4. Roy Price:

    We have gotten better over time about being quick and responsive and big and having the campaign roll-out effectively around the world in the UK, U.S. and Germany, where Prime exists.

  5. Laura McDonald:

    It is definitely a possibility that food responsiveness might impact sleep behavior, for example, it could be that children who are more food responsive are also more difficult to settle at night (when adults or older children might be eating).

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